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, he's told the pentagon, that he hasn't done anything to wrong and you know he's obviously up for this promotion. you know him very well. i met him in afghanistan last year. he's incredibly respected among his peers. what do we make of these e-mails, first of all? >> reporter: well, we don't know what they actually contain. we know that some of these 20,000, 30,000 documents -- behind me there's a protest -- 20,000, 30,000 documents may be examined in case they contain inappropriate conduct by the general. nothing proven at this point. obviously serious enough that it's referred to department of defense inspector general to examine it. we don't know quite what this holds for his future. as you say, very respected by the men around him. a man with an incredible difficult task winding down the war. and a man of course who inspired great loyalty in those who served around him. i recall one aide who served through iraq plab many times, didn't want to go back to the battlefield but would if john allen asked. he described to me how they were together at a dining facility in iraq, th
for the military. >> reporter: the dreaded sequestration would double the $500 billion in cuts the pentagon is already planning to make over the next decade. defense secretary panetta has not minced words. >> if sequestration goes into effect it's a disaster for national defense. >> reporter: the strategy of pivoting away from the wars in iraq and afghanistan towards the pacific and an emerging chinese superpower would come undone. >> all of that can go to hell if this congress doesn't face up and deal with the issue of sequestration. >> reporter: in this letter to senators panetta warned by the time sequestration was over the u.s. would have the smallest ground force since 1940, smallest navy since 1915 and smallest air force ever. a bleak prediction which ignores the quantum leap in weapons technology. as the president pointed out in the debate no other country comes close. >> we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined. >> reporter: sequestration would not change that. according to the center for strategic and budgetary assessment it's not the size of the cuts, abo
's doing and has done an excellent job, at eye save and i would refer you to the pentagon for the process under way with regards to general allen. >> all right. right now let's get to the heart of general allen's reported troubles, his relationship with jill kelley. cnn's nick payton walsh just spoke with a senior official who is close to general allen. nick, this official is certain he's claiming that there was no affair between kelley and the general. is that correct? >> reporter: absolutely. not even that there wasn't just an affair, there was not anything of romantic nature between them. absolutely clear his mind he views jill kelley as a bored socialite who many times knew lots of the commanders at centcom because of her role there as an honorary ambassador, organizing social events, but absolutely clear that the e-mail exchange between jill kelley and john allen were innocuous most of the time. at some point john allen may say to her, thanks, sweetheart, that's purely in this source's opinion because he's from virginia and that's a colloquialism many people might use from that area
to grow more bizarre by the day. first stop, pentagon and cnn's chris lawrence. so, chris, what specifically are investigators looking for in those messages? morality aside, how serious of a concern is an extramarital affair? >> it's very serious in the military. you're talking about an active duty officer, carol. and under the uniform code of military justice, you can be prosecuted for adultery. john allen is a married, fo four-star general who has been running the war in afghanistan. he had already flown from afghanistan here to washington. that's how quickly all of this broke down. he was already here in washington just 48 hours away from starting his senate confirmation hearing to perhaps become the head of nato. now that this has all broken, secretary panetta has gone to the president and asked that his nomination be put on hold. they're still keeping him as the head of nato because they've got another confirmation hearing for allen's successor. but right now this has really thrown the whole plan of succession into a state of flux right now. >> chris lawrence live at the pe
coverage. catherine herridge in washington. first to jennifer griffin live tonight at the pentagon. jennifer, it feels like there is a puzzle box laid out on a table and half the pieces are missing. >> it brings new meaning to collateral damage, shep. yesterday we thought we were dealing with the fall from grace of one four star jandi one sexual affair. today the woman who started the events jill kelley was found to be in appropriate relationship with the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general john allen. defense officials who are familiar with the hundreds of emails, 30,000 pages worth say that the general and kelley were having the, quote, email equivalent of phone sex. meanwhile petraeus' biographer paula broadwell has hired a lawyer. her father tells the new york daily news this is about something else entirely. the truth ain't come out. you wait and see, there is a lot more here than meets the eye. >> shepard: the email equivalent of phone sex. that is new here tonight. today we learned both of these generals, petraeus and allen, were involved in a custody dispute directly
by the pentagon's inspector general for what officials describe as potentially inappropriate e-mails with one of the women directly involved in the case. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, has more on an ever-widening story. >> reporter: the scandal involving two very different women, tampa socialite jill kelley and petraeus biographer and former mistress paula broadwell ensnared not only petraeus but his successor. marine general john allen who took over from petraeus in afghanistan and is the president's choice to be supreme allied commander of nato forces in europe, a nomination now temporarily on hold. >> thank you for all that you have done, for me and for our precious daughters. >> reporter: the general is married with a sterling record. but on a flight to australia monday night, aides to defense secretary leon panetta disclosed a dramatic turn in the petraeus case. fbi investigators had uncovered what the pentagon called potentially inappropriate communications between the general and jill kelley whom he and his wife got to know in tampa and were revealing betw
until now has been seen by many as the woman behind the man. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr spent some time with holly petraeus. barbara, first off, what kind of a woman is holly petraeus? >> well, as a correspondent covering military affairs, i have run into mrs. petraeus professionally. she is a formidable woman, and quite an expert in her own right, ted. she works in the area of consumer finance protection for military families. she worked for a long time for the better business bureau. now works inside the federal government and her area is predatory lending, financial practices, financial health for young military families. this is something i've talked to her about. this is something she is an expert in. she a few weeks ago gave a briefing here in the pentagon to the press corps. she may not be known much outside of washington, but inside the circle of military families, very, very highly respected. >> yeah, i read today she was one of those generals' wives that was accessible and part of the regular folks living day to day. today we heard that david petraeus wants to
of where we were at, made it very difficult for us to fight. >> reporter: it turns out that a pentagon investigation later concluded by mid-2009, there was no tactical or strategic value to the outpost. but by then, so many had paid the ult price, including the name sake of the camp, lieutenant ben keating, a gung-ho former president of his college young republicans and son of baptist ministers. keating was killed in 2006. these are the special men and women that make up our armed services. so, today, as we think about all those who served, and those we have lost, including the eight killed that horrible october day, think also about those left behind. the children who will never know their fathers and mothers, in the name of protecting you and me. >> as you wrote, jake, uncommon valor. >> reporter: it really is uncommon. and i've been covering the war in afghanistan, and iraq, from the comfort of the north lawn of the white house. but it wasn't until i started researching this book, going to afghanistan, talking to troops, their families, their widows, their grieving moms, that i real
administration an assessment of what this might entail. the pentagon says a u.s. military effort to seize syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops and "the times" reports that senior american officials are concerned that hezbollah has set up camp near the chemical weapons depose. the white house declined to comment. >>> four people were killed in texas when a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. this is just terrible. it's an accident that happened at a railroad crossing in midland, texas, as the float tried to get around the safety gates and lights. the float was made with a flatbed trailer. in addition to the four deaths, there were 17 people injured. m midland's mayor reacted to the accident. >> this may be one of the most tragic events we've had in our town and it's a sad day. i shook their hands and saw them personally and met their wives. it truly was an honor to be in their presence. these guys are true american heroes. >> that's for sure. secretary of defense leon panetta issued a statement saying he's deeply saddened.
david petraeus to resign as director of the cia. barbara starr joins us from the pentagon. not just petraeus but other cases that i guess have precipitated panetta's response. right? >> reporter: absolutely, fredericka. of course, general john allen, the commander in afghanistan under review, investigation for sending potentially inappropriate e-mails, two other four-stars just went through investigations for irregularities in the travel and expense accounts. a number of lesser if there's such a thing of generals and admirals also in recent months under investigation for variety of things, so panetta's issued an order saying that he wants the joint chiefs of staffs to look at ethic training for senior nil tear leaders. what are we talking about here? basically, you know, don't cheat on your wife. don't cheat on your taxes. don't go get too drunk in public. you know? and don't cheat on your expense account. you think it's the blinding flash of the obvious, wouldn't you? but we have talked to a number of officials say panetta is just very aware of the public perception right now and h
. as painful as it may be, as difficult as it may be, the pentagon has to step up. they have to find ways to save money, too. and i think a lot of those on the left feel that we've gone too deep into education and other programs. let's make sure this is balanced from this point forward. >> senator, before we let you go, switching topics a bit, i assume that much of today's press conference or a lot of it, too much of it, will be preoccupied with the two co-stars of "you've got mail," general petraeus and paula broadwell, but it leads to a larger issue, many people think, and that is the repeated deployments of the american military to afghanistan following on iraq and the impact it has on service families left behind and the war itself, the lingering 12-year war. what's your view on all of this? >> mike, you put your finger on it. we ought to talk about the real cost of war. it is not just in dollar terms. it certainly includes the terrible loss of life, over 5,000 americans in iraq and afghanistan. it means those who came back with injuries and the impact on individuals and families afte
of this with chief white house correspondent jessica yellin, pentagon correspondent barbara starr and senior congressional correspondent dana bash on capitol hill in a moment. first, an israeli strike on gaza today kills the military chief of hamas and threatens to usher in a wider confrontation. at this hour, hamas is vowing to strike back and israelis say israeli ground troops are poised to enter gaza if ordered. the israeli strike killed ahmad al jabbary and his driver and in addition to his role as military chief, al jabbary was one of hamas' founders. the strike followed a surge of rocket attacks from hamas controlled gaza into southern israel. those attacks have wounded about a dozen israeli civilians since saturday. cnn's sara sidner is joining us now from jerusalem. sa sara, this appears to be on the brink of a crisis. is it? >> reporter: yeah. i mean i think we are on the brink of what could be a full scale operation by israel and reaction from hamas and the other militant groups inside of gaza. this all started back on thursday with the death of a 13-year-old palestinian boy, which
a report out what's called waistful pentagon spending. he said the department of defense has become the department of everything. he's particularly interested in darpa research spending. take a look at what he found. he focuses on a couple of particular studies including a study on cling ones. darpa paid $100,000 to sponsor a discussion series. one topic was implications for christianity if extra terrestrials are discovered. another one that co burn found was pentagon spending on better beef jerky. the foreign comparative testing program spent $1.5 million developing jerky that features flavors including salami, chipotle and turkey. this beef jerky is shaped like a fruit rollup. they also studied the politics of goldfish. darpa paid $5.2 million for a study that included goldfish. the study analyzed group behavior in goldfish and it suggested implications for human political behavior based on the way the goldfish were swimming. sarl, senator coburn said you can take $67.9 billion a year out of the pentagon budget very easily by going after a raft of programs like this. >> eamon you
. the pentagon is looking at more than 20,000 documents and e- mails between allen and kelley which some have labeled inappropriate and flirtatious. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. >> reporter: general allen's nomination to be the leader of u.s. forces european command and nato's supreme allied commander is in doubt. >> his nomination has been put on shoulder as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> reporter: the white house says president obama still trusts general allen. >> he has faith in general allen, believes he is doing and has done an excellent job. >> reporter: general joseph dunford will replace general allen in afghanistan as soon as he is confirmed. the president holding a press conference at the white house in about 4.5 hours. he will most definitely face questions about the scandal including his plans for his national security team going forward. also when the white house and when he first got wind of this scandal. >> no kidding. you mentioned the president. what about the time of the scandal? it's a tough time for the president dealing with quest
jokes that it's not a love triangle, it's a love pentagon. here's what's important on the public interest level. attorney general eric holder at a press conference today in new orleans to announce the biggest criminal settlement, the biggest criminal fines and resolution ever in american history against bp is asked about this soap opera in tampa regarding petraeus. and what he said is, look, there are a lot of things going on right now, but the important thing is there was no breach of national security. if there had been a breach of national security, we would have taken this to the fbi -- the fbi would have taken this to the white house. they would have taken it to capitol hill. but since there was none, we didn't feel like we had to share a criminal investigation. that's an important development. it's the first time he's spoken out on this. >> so there's nothing really there in terms of impact on the country's security. let me go to bart on the same question regarding the relationship between general petraeus, the very recent cia director, and the reporter broadwell. you know,
coburn disbreas, showing a report showing billions could be cut from pentagon spending, spending that has nothing to do with national security. here's some of the ways hayare wasting your money. first, the research project that created cafeign zone, an iphone app that tells people how it discal coffee break, $300,000 for a 50 million-year-old bird. the finding, the bird had black furthers. and the defense -- feathers. and our executive producer's favorite, $1.5 million to develop a new rollup beef jerky. that was funded by taking money from a weapons program. do you have anything did say about this spending? we are back in two. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understan at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] ♪ [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. we have so much tenolog
's senate hearing on the tedly attack in libya? barbara starr is at the pentagon. barbara, general petraeus was to be a primary witness in that closed door hearing. what now? >> well, by all accounts he will not appear at this week's hearing. the man who will is mike morrell, his deputy and ci airks, now essentially the acting director of the agency. mr. morrell, a highly respected intelligence professional, has been with the agency for many, many years. would know all the same information that david petraeus knows. but the question on the table, carol, is whether that's going to be politically enough for congress. are they so irritated about this entire matter that they will subpoena petraeus in the weeks ahead and compel him to come testify about what he knows about the benghazi attacks? >> barbara starr reporting live for us at the pentagon this morning. this affair is baffling on so many levels. how could a man with such a pristine reputation show such awful judgment? and how could this woman have such unprecedented access? the answer may be as simple as one slippery step at a time. lis
would have been as large if the pentagon had done what it was supposed to do. >> gretchen: all right. i also want to get your thoughts on the protocol that jay carney, the spokesperson for president obama, has been talking about now in light of the petraeus situation and what the protocol of the f.b.i. was as to when they were supposed to tell the president about this. what is the protocol, in your mind, and is that a good excuse for not telling president obama about petraeus and do you buy it? >> no, i don't buy it. what they said is the f.b.i. had protocol not to inform the white house of a criminal investigation unless there is a security investigation. well, this clearly was a security investigation because the c.i.a. director was one, subject to blackmail because of this affair, and also there were questions about whether he had given classified information to his mistress. so obviously the f.b.i. protocols would not apply. in any event, the attorney general was told about this this past summer. the f.b.i. protocols don't apply to him. he had an obligation to tell the president tha
, if there was a seven-hour gun battle for that consulate, that's not fast enough for the pentagon to react. it just isn't. i've been in those situations. you have to have the pieces in place before you can respond. i've heard the stories about laser designators and they could have called in air support. listen, to use military forces inside an independent country, a volatile one at that, takes, you know, weeks of planning in advance. somebody did drop the ball. but i just don't believe the thing that the military could have responded, could have sent f-16s down there to hit the targets. it takes a long time to set that up. >> when all is said and done, do we have the case of a watergate style cover-up here or do we just need the answers to some questions? >> david petraeus has those answers. he is out of the cia now. if he sits down and tells the truth as he knows it, doesn't shave off the edges, we will get our answers. and congress will, too. we take it from the next step. but somebody, i'm sorry, should be fired for benghazi. should have closed that place down. >> robert baer, former cia operative.
folks, it's a love pentagon. >> unbelievable. jimmy kimmel said it could inspire a new tv show called "cia smackdown." you got to shake your head, don. can't make it up. >> thank you, suzanne. great weekend to you. i'm don lemon. brooke is off today. developing right now, a disturbing report on iran and concerns about its nuclear program under ground. it is bound to set off alarm bells in the west. plus, two people are missing after an oil platform explodes in the gulf of mexico, but first the bloody fight we're going to get to between israel and gaza. hamas aims rockets at jerusalem and they miss. but the fact hamas is going after what israel considers its capital city shows how much pressure is building in the middle east right now. i want you to listen to this. so an i reporter captured air raid sirens going off in jerusalem. hamas, the group that controls gaza, landed south of jerusalem. more rockets aimed for tel aviv ende in the water. no reports of damagen either case, though. but officials say 27 palestinians have died since weesday from israel's strike in gaza. this is
thousands of e-mails to a second woman. it isn't just a triangle, it's a pentagon. that general down there, he is the top commander of our war in afghanistan. afghanistan, really? please. if our troops were really still fighting in afghanistan, don't you think we'd be hearing about that on the news instead of all this bull [ bleep ]? >> good morning. it is friday. it is friday, november 16th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have the president of the council on foreign relations, richard haass. richard. >> good morning. >> chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. get over it. okay? get over it. >> get over what? what are you talking about? >> all of you are in here. in washington, msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> richard's in here? >> i don't know why. i'm serious. what's going on? also, look at this cast we have today, the author of "thomas jefferson, the art of power," historian jon meacham. is meacham here? meacham, look at him. >> lots of books. >> and willie, congratulations on your newest honor. >> thank you. are you in nashvi
it can happen? >> not a chance. in washington, there's a game and i worked at the pentagon and there's a game called, fly it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes. nobody is saluting at the nomination of susan rice, now, why? why don't i think they're going to do it. and confirmation hearings, what's going to happen? they're going to ask about benghazi, who changed those talking points? why did you have that fairy tale about a demonstration and a youtube video. the last thing the administration wants. they don't want an enemy, they'll put her name forward, not going to be support. withdraw it, give her another job, probably one that doesn't need senate confirmation. >> dave: if she's your pick, why do you put her out there. the president didn't believe everything in the talking points, i can't imagine he believed that. let me read you a quote about susan rice, she's ill-equipped to be the nation's top and she's managed to make an impressive array of enemies, that's from a liberal columnist, a very far left columnist, at washington post, and she has enemies on both sides of the a
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